Commercial filming concessions

If you are expecting or involving commercial film crews at your event note that all film crews must apply to their local council for filming permits.

The Coromandel is world-famous for its beautiful scenery, iconic towns and natural environment and is therefore a very popular destination for commercial film and photography shoots.

If you want to film in an area managed by our Council, then you need to apply for a concession. Remember that if it's not on Council land it may need Waikato Regional Council (beaches) or Department of Conservation consent.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us.


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When is a concession required?

Commercial filming and photography is defined as any photography or filming undertaken on lands managed by the Thames-Coromandel District Council for any form of gain or reward.

This also includes:

  • Photography or filming which produces, or is intended to produce, a product for sale
  • Photography or filming which produces, or is intended to produce, a product which is used commercially or is made available for commercial use, including promotional material
  • Photography or filming which is intended for non-commercial end use, but which is undertaken by a contractor who undertakes the photography for gain or reward
  • Film schools or students

Please download the application form from the "download box" on this page, fill it in and return it to us.


National Parks and Department and Conservation Estate

Where filming is to be done in reserves or national park areas a filming concession must be granted by the relevant authority, either the Department of Conservation (DoC) or the regional council.

Go to the DoC website for details on filming on public conservation land.


Issues to address

Film crew issues that may need to be addressed in the concession application process: